PhD Studentship: Gestational Diabetes: Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Complications via Modelling Complex Blood Glucose Dynamics

University of Warwick - School of Engineering

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Application deadline: Open, subject to the position being filled

Start date: 1 October 2018 or any time earlier*, *flexible

Duration: 3 years

Are you keen on a project that combines both theoretical and experimental research elements? Interested in biomedical engineering, systems biology or system medicine? This might be the project for you.

The project: This is a joint venture between the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick and the Warwickshire InStitute for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism (WISDEM) at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. The project will develop and apply methods of time-series analysis and dynamic modelling to describe the transient response of the glucose regulatory system to food intake in a cohort of women in antenatal and postnatal periods. This project will assist with achieving the clinical goal of early and accurate diagnosis of gestational diabetes. It will provide a unique opportunity for the candidate to apply research through the full-lifecycle of mathematical modelling: experimental design, data collection, data-driven systems modelling and machine learning, system validation via experimentation, ultimately leading to simulation and prediction applied in the health care setting to gestational diabetes management.

Eligibility: UK or EU candidates with a 1st or 2.1 UK Honours degree in either of the subjects: Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Systems Biology will find this studentship especially relevant. Applications from candidates with medical science background who are interested in predictive modelling are welcome too. Excellent data analysis and computing skills are essential (e.g. programming MATLAB/C/C++). We are looking for confident, self-motivated candidates with good interpersonal skills, and abilities to perform excellent research leading to high quality research outcomes and publications.

Funding: The studentship covers 100% fees (UK/EU students only) and standard annual stipend £14,553 (tax free) for 3 years. International candidates are welcome to apply, but will have to seek alternative funding sources.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter outlining motivation and suitability for this project, and a full CV to

If you are successful at the interview you will be required to submit a formal application for study and fulfil the entry requirements set by the University of Warwick. As soon as you have a University ID number you will be invited to upload your degree certificate, transcripts, and a personal statement that explains your specific research interests and why you should be considered for this award. To make a formal application you must complete the online application form and quote scholarship NK18. Details of how to make a formal application can be found here

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